So, I've got this deal...

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by andreyush, Mar 5, 2017.

  1. andreyush macrumors 6502


    Oct 24, 2015
    A guy offers me his 2015 macbook pro retina 13" 8GB RAM, 256SSD with i5 cpu, for my rmbp mid-2012 15" 8GB, 256SSD. What do you guys think I should do?
    I want a newer macbook pro but I don't want to get rid of the performace. Also there is the logic board failure problem :/ on 2011,2012 and early 2013 models..
    I work most of the time in Logic Pro X so I don't know how well does a 13" macbook pro perform. Has anybody tried?

  2. darksithpro macrumors 6502a

    Oct 27, 2016
    Interesting, I looked at eBay prices and both the models are within the 850-1k ball park. Do you want to work on a smaller screen? 2 inches on a laptop is a major difference.
  3. Fancuku macrumors 65816


    Oct 8, 2015
    PA, USA
    Just so you know, The 13" will have half the CPU power of the 15".
  4. Sanpete macrumors 68020

    Nov 17, 2016
    It may be newer, but the 13" is less powerful and has less screen space, so unless you're especially interested in downsizing, I don't see much upside for you in the trade.
  5. xb2003 macrumors 6502


    Jan 18, 2016
    I'm not sure what you do in Logic, but you'd have to push it pretty hard for the 13" to not have the ability to get the job done.

    I would personally keep the 15"
  6. andreyush thread starter macrumors 6502


    Oct 24, 2015
    Thanks guys! I am just afraid with that logic board failure. :)
  7. Sanpete macrumors 68020

    Nov 17, 2016
    Think of it this way, if you move from a quad core to a dual core you've already had a 50% failure!
  8. duervo, Mar 6, 2017
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2017

    duervo macrumors 68020


    Feb 5, 2011
    Pro's to getting the 13":
    - Chance of warranty still being valid for a short period on the 13", allowing you to possibly extend it with purchase of AppleCare.
    - Easier to transport.
    - The 13" 2015 is worth slightly more than the 2012 15" (~20% more.) Given that, you could do it, then sell the 13" and put the money towards a newer 15" unit. Depends on how willing you are to go through the steps to do so.
    - Faster storage.
    - Thunderbolt 2 vs Thunderbolt 1.
    - 802.11ac vs 802.11n
    - Better battery life. Both due to the age of the 2012, as well as the lower processing demands of the 2015 (less cores and no dGPU).
    - No dGPU (re: repair program for dGPU-related issues with the 2012 15".)
    - Force Touch trackpad.

    Con's to getting the 13":
    - Multi-threaded workloads would suffer on the 13". Single-threaded would be closer to the same, but I believe still slower (by how much would depend on the specific CPU models in the 13" and 15" systems being compared.)
    - No dGPU. Lower performance for video work and other workloads that take advantage of the GPU. Note: This might be negated by faster storage, but would depend on workload.
    - Less screen real estate.
    - Force Touch trackpad (not everybody likes it, so this could be either a good or bad thing.)
  9. andreyush thread starter macrumors 6502


    Oct 24, 2015

    Ok. I would stick with the 2012 a little bit. If it will survive another 2-3 years I will buy another 15" one. Thank you guys! :)

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